The end of one era and the start of another is one way of characterising our last year’s work at the Ross Trust.
Today we are very proud to release our annual report for 2018-19. It features a raft of great stories about Victorian for-purpose organisations undertaking wonderful work to enhance lives and the environment for people in our state and – in doing so – helping us deliver on our vision.
As you may know, the Ross Trust has taken some time in the past year to develop a new five-year strategy and refine our vision and mission. We also continued to provide grants, supporting organisations who are delivering meaningful change in the community.
This year’s report features a snapshot of their plans and achievements:
Supporting the introduction of the Fair Education program in Victoria, in partnership with Schools Plus, to improve learning for vulnerable students.
YouThrive delivering important youth mental health first aid training to assist young people in rural and regional Victoria.
Important biodiversity conservation work in habitat restoration, which will see the reintroduction of native species such as the Eastern Bettong and native gliders.
Setting a path to help students in the Mornington Peninsula, who may not have the language skills to engage in learning when they start school.
Working in partnership with others to break the cycle of youth homelessness and its impact on the completion of schooling.
Building data and information to support organisations doing crucial work with those who experience family violence.
Thank you to all the organisations we have worked with this year – you will see that we made 150 payments to new and existing grantees for the year with a total value of $4.9 million.
As is always our intent, through our grantees we have a strong commitment to making a tangible, positive difference to the lives of Victorians.
Changing the rules to protect and restore waterways
We’ve joined other philanthropic organisations, backing Environmental Justice Australia’s River Laws Program, to advance law and policy reform for the protection and restoration of urban waterways and for Indigenous water rights in the southern Murray Darling Basin.
Gippsland students will be the first in Victoria to benefit from a program designed to make a significant impact on learning outcomes for vulnerable students, by ensuring they make successful transition from primary to secondary school.
Field trip supports long-term thinking on biodiversity
Trustees and staff of the Ross Trust have been inspired by the environmental work being undertaken in central Victoria, on a recent field trip organised by the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network.
The trip took in sites in towns and state reserves over the Great Dividing Range up to Inglewood.
An early intervention program for babies and children living with low vision or blindness and a holiday arts program in the Mallee to engage First Nations and CALD young people, are amongst the projects awarded recent grants by the Ross Trust.